A week ago today I said " Good-bye for now" to my mom. The second hardest thing I've ever had to do.
Still young, as age goes; an unexpected illness crept up on her and cut her life short leaving us shocked, dismayed and quickly causing me to look at how very precious and fleeting our lives are.
I understand the great value in showing those in our circle of love how much they mean to us. Simple random acts of kindness, encouraging words, lots of smiles and lots of 'face-time'. I'm talking about eye contact, open ears/open heart - time. I know how much it means to hear the words "I'm proud of you". Nobody dislikes hearing that.
The sudden illness sent me quickly to my mom's bedside in Florida with 2 weddings for the weekend. Team Beautiful dropped everything to be briefed on all the details. I informed both Brides, and was on my way knowing that my business wouldn't miss a single beat.
It was so comforting that my flower-girl friends; Lori, Carmen and Carol were here to fill in where needed, even though they had weddings to do themselves. Thank you friends, so very much.
As the events unfolded, I was able to return Thursday; in time to assist my team a 'little'. I made the Bride's bouquets, and delivered them. No need for me really, they had it all under control. I know the Bride's were thankful I was back, but seriously- my girls are awesome and I'm certain they could run this business without me.
One thing I found to be true is that some florists don't like working for other florists. They can spot us a mile away, I think. I walked in one shop to place an order and I could tell she didn't appreciate that I knew flowers. I didn't even have to tell her what I do. I got the cold- shoulder quickly. So needless to say I sadly walked out. Then I found a friendly flower shop. She didn't care if I was a florist- I just lost my mother and she felt my sorrow. Here is what she created for my Mom with a 3hr. notice.........